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The Interplanetary Beliefs Of An Unusual Group In El Cajon

Video

Children Of The Stars

Aired 1/13/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUEST

Bill Perrine, director, "Children of the Stars."

Transcript

If you've lived in San Diego for awhile and you don't know about the Unarius organization, you need to expand you horizons, in more ways than one.

The Unarius organization is a group of people in El Cajon who believe they've received wisdom on "interdimensional science," channeled to the group's founder by space beings.

The most famous Unarian was Ruth Norman, also known as Uriel. She led the group and starred in the Unarian public-access TV show, which ran on stations across the country in the 1980s. Unarius programs can still be viewed online today.

Director Bill Perrine has made a documentary about Unarius, called "Children of the Stars," which examines this off-beat group and what they represent.

"The film is more about the nature of belief, and the way small communities can reinforce each others belief system," Perrine said.

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Missionaccomplished | January 13, 2014 at 1:02 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

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Missionaccomplished | January 13, 2014 at 1:04 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

Yeah, I used to watch bits and pieces of their program in the 80s for laughs--guys dressed in pseudo-Egyptian garb circa 4000 BCA! I'm surprised Cinema Junkie didn't review the documentary!

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JeanMarc | January 13, 2014 at 3:31 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

These people are so silly.

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Missionaccomplished | January 13, 2014 at 6:48 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

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CaliforniaDefender | January 15, 2014 at 12:15 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

I would guess this how Christianity looked to the Romans.

People shouldn't ridicule new age religions as every religion started the exact same way with a small group of devotees who coalesce around a person who claims to have visions or hear voices.

Then after a few centuries those sacred visions and voices are put in a book by people in elaborate robes and fancy hats and voila you have a mainstream religion.

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aclarar | January 15, 2014 at 2:45 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

A few corrections regarding Unarius programs on public access stations:
Unarius (note correct spelling) did not just air in the eighties in San Diego, but rather continuously from early 80s up to the present, on up to 25 public access stations at once, around the country. The current decrease in the number of stations reflects legal changes that dried up the funding to public access, thereby effectively shutting down many stations. The programs also aired at all times of the day and evening over the years, not just after midnight. Current schedule:
http://unarius.org/index.php?page=unarius-television-programs

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aclarar | January 15, 2014 at 3:35 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

For someone new to or interested in more traditional scientific research on reincarnation or past lives, they could start with KPBS’s own recent interview with Jim Tucker, a psychologist at the University of Virginia:
http://www.npr.org/2014/01/05/259886077/searching-for-science-behind-reincarnation
As follow-up, Dr. Ian Stevenson documented similar cases of children around the world in the book “Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation.” And Brian Weiss, M.D.’s book “Many Lives, Many Masters” is an in-depth case study of an adult.

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aclarar | January 15, 2014 at 4:20 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

Extraterrestrials? Interviews with former top officials in the: CIA, FBI, military, etc., regarding their personal sightings of and/or contact with extraterrestrials, can be found on the CSeti YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/csetiweb/videos or The Disclosure Project website of Dr. Steven Greer: http://www.cseti.org

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remdleman | January 15, 2014 at 9:38 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

I have followed Unarius for the last 20 years and can most appreciate the study of past lives through the science of cause and effect, where one can learn how to heal "thyself" learning how to cancel out todays enigmas/shocks/blocks that was created from the many past lives we have had from our own beginning of so-called time. Unarius is a true science of logic and reason where also the joining of science and religion become one by the revealing of one's consciousness learning how to sail upon the higher seas of life!

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Peking_Duck_SD | January 16, 2014 at 7:49 a.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

CADefender, I may disagree with you on who should be mayor, but your post above is SPOT ON !!

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Missionaccomplished | January 16, 2014 at 10:02 a.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

CA OFFENDER, pray tell how this scam job, albeit entertaining, be compared to how early Christianity looked to the Ancient Romans??? You forget Judaism PREDATES Christianity--AND it wasn't called "Christianity" at the time either. In fact, the Ancient Romans looked with some disdain at ANYTHING from the Hellenized East! (Sound familiar, CA Off???)

You and QUACKSTER (I am well familiar with her posts) reveal only your personal anti-religion bigotry, and lack of knowledge of world history.

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Peking_Duck_SD | January 16, 2014 at 10:40 a.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

Mission, it's not bigotry if anything it's giving equal credibility to religions without discrimination based on how many followers there are.

The only reason Christianity is more valid than whatever this is is because Christianity has way more followers ?

If Christianity were a religion of only a few hundred people, all the myths and practices that people today take so seriously would be looked at as loony just like this group is.

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Missionaccomplished | January 16, 2014 at 12:49 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

Mmmaybe because it's been around longer and is grounded in Judaism and Greek philosophy??? Mmmaybe because it has influenced man not only in the nonsecular world but the secular one as well??? Maybe because it has a universal message as opposed to others???

Following the mass suicide in Poway, my then New Agey manager said, "Who's to say they were not in the right?" Needless to say, my lower jaw dropped.

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RealistNow | January 16, 2014 at 6:23 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

Missionaccomplished - people like you are the reason why many younger generations and even the elders are leaving the Christian Church in masses. I've been a Christian for decades and decided to think beyond "Christianity" and "religion' in general. I've now found peace of mind, more freedom and able to think outside the "box" as a result;' my mind is no longer constraint by a dogma, distorted preachers, and the judgmental followers of so-called Christians today.

Why are Christians so angry whenever someone insult their beliefs? Why do Christians want a "monopoly" on human spiritual growth? I'm no longer a blind believer, but your reactions to insults is a reflection of yourself. If you know the TRUTH, you will never feel insulted by what you believe. I've studied Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, and even Islam - and realize it's just mankind's way of seeking the path of enlightenment. Jesus, Moses, Buddha, and other messengers never wanted to start a new religion, but wanted men to seek the truth on their own, regardless of a religion. No where does Jesus promise heaven on Earth just for labeling yourself a 'Christian.'

Christianity just so happen to be a mass-accepted cult in mainstream society - the messages of religion are the same - but have distorted by thousands of years by priests/pastors to gain power. Why is Christianity is so big? Because it's easy to become one in the mainstream. Throughout many centuries, Christians have colonized poorer countries and replacing their indigenous beliefs with Christianity - "Believe or die by the sword!" That's how the Spanish took over many nations of the past. There are just so many hateful messages in the Bible (slavery, murders, wars, outdated principles) that no one in their right mind would say it has a 'universal message.' Even Albert Einstein supported Buddhism more so than Christianity.

Christianity has influenced man alright - with wars, infringing women's right, mass conversions, impeding the progress of advanced science, takeovers of a ancient cultures, etc.

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RealistNow | January 16, 2014 at 6:44 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

Although our founder fathers have been Christians - they were only so because that what was the dominant religion at the time. The same with the Physicist/Christian Issac Newton, they were product of their era. Thomas Jefferson was actually more of a "Agnostic" than anything based on his writings, and if you read his biography, his beliefs leans towards Eastern philosophy - like Buddhism.

If everyone all think the same and follow the same religion, we would be a naive blind nation. That's why I believe our found fathers did the right thing and separated the Church and State. We have freedom of beliefs/expression/religion, but maybe not freedom from it. So, believe in your faith all you want - but don't preach it on us and try to say, you're Bible is the real deal, while others are by false beliefs.

"I never considered a difference of opinion, in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend." Thomas Jefferson

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remdleman | January 16, 2014 at 8:04 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

Appreciate an open mind which opens new doors of information to radiate ones own mind to new understandings that reign over a dogmatic closed mind that create rusted hinges and doors shut........thanks RealistNow for your own understandings and are helping to open doors of more logic and reason where the "ball and chain" of religion can set one free in the future!!

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Missionaccomplished | January 16, 2014 at 11:04 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

"Why are Christians so angry whenever someone insult their beliefs? Why do Christians want a "monopoly" on human spiritual growth? I'm no longer a blind believer, but your reactions to insults is a reflection of yourself."

1) How would UNREALISTNEVER react if I or someone else "insulted" his/her beliefs?

2) There was no "insult" here that I can see. Only Beijing Quackster's rambling bigotry because she can't let go and move on. (Familiarize yourself with her past posts first, before speaking.)

3) Which Christians want a "monopoly" on spiritual growth??? The Catholics? The Lutherans? The Episcopalians? The Evangelicals? The Eastern Orthodox??? The vegetarian Adventists??? The Lutheran and Episcopal branches that have adopted same-sex marriage???

You accuse others of attempting to monopolize, yet you generalize them yourself Fallacy, fail..

And if you think the oft-quoted Jefferson was so magnanimous, mmmaybe read Weinberg's MANIFEST DESTINY (Quadrangle, 1935), you will discover some very unexpected views in excerpts from his writings.

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remdleman | January 16, 2014 at 11:27 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

The stronghold of religion is the stronghold of money, power and control over the people.......

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tetra | January 17, 2014 at 12:06 a.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

We all have had past lives whether you realize it or not

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Missionaccomplished | January 17, 2014 at 5:33 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

@RAMBLEMAN, I guess you've never heard of Wall Street. Ignorance is bliss.

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